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The Slippery Slope of Journalistic Ethics

0 Comments · Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journalists live on a slippery slope when it come to ethics. 
  

Surprise, Surprise

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
It’s no surprise when reporters are surprised by a major breaking story on their beats.
  

Considering Bias

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Bias — choosing sides in how something is reported — can be overt or subtle. More often, the appearance of bias is the issue. To most people, it’s a distinction without a difference.   

Brutality and Frequency Distinguish ISIS Executions

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I call it ISIS Porn. That’s the online stream of public beheadings, mutilations and stonings.  

Check It Out

0 Comments · Thursday, April 23, 2015
Failures to embrace the ethical obligation to “check it out” can misdirect or undermine public policy with sometimes deadly effects.  

Avoidable Errors Erode Confidence in 'Enquirer'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Pointing out Enquirer errors — mistaken information that local copy editors would have caught in the Good Old Days — used to be a guilty pleasure. Today, repeated lapses raise a serious question.
  

Media Happenings at The Enquirer, WXIX & More

0 Comments · Monday, March 16, 2015
Lots of good stuff happened during the past fortnight. Rick Green returned to the Enquirer. He’s the new publisher. That puts a solid, veteran journalist and news executive at the top of our Sole Surviving Daily.  

Media Gotcha! Games Here and Abroad

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2015
News media games of Gotcha! turned nasty on both sides of the Atlantic. If embarrassing the other guy were only adults behaving badly, the affairs would be entertaining. It’s that and more...  

Newsroom Enthusiasm and Harper Lee's Long-Lost Manuscript

0 Comments · Monday, February 16, 2015
Finding genuine but previously unknown or long-lost manuscripts can be a publisher’s dream. Narratives by early American writers — as diverse as pioneer midwives or former slaves — still create minor sensations and career-enhancing moments for scholars.   

Brouhaha at the BBC and Al Jazeera

0 Comments · Monday, February 2, 2015
As it is with any news medium where neutrality is a goal, complaints increasingly focus on word choice and allegations of political correctness rather than overt story bias and slant.  

Babel and Begats

0 Comments · Thursday, January 22, 2015
The revival of political reporting after the 2014 election and holidays reminded me of Genesis 11. That’s where you find two teasures: Babel and Begats.  

The (Confusing) Red Cross Response

0 Comments · Monday, January 5, 2015
A reader gently chided me for writing that the American Red Cross “inexplicably” abandoned abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich Maneuver) as its recommended first response to choking.   

The Enquirer's Fine Line Between Advertising and Journalism

0 Comments · Thursday, December 18, 2014
Holiday joy must be tinged with renewed survivors’ guilt at the Cincinnati Enquirer.   

A Lesson on Journalism Ethics

0 Comments · Monday, December 8, 2014
In today’s heated news cycle, even facially flawed assertions become facts through repetition. Vilification and political correctness can muzzle doubters.   

The Blunt Business of Journalism

0 Comments · Monday, November 24, 2014
Sometimes a question can be so blunt, so explicit, that offended listeners disregard the validity of the query. Or the evasive response.